Animas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Animas River, Colorado Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
The lower Animas in Durango is running low and clear. We've had good success lately throwing smaller bugs, down to size 20. A tandem nymph rig with a size 18 attractor followed by a size 20 dropper is the ticket. Midges will be the dominant hatch but as temps begin to rise, baetis will become more and more prolific.
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Animas River is currently Excellent

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Heads Up Flyfishing

Water flow: 124

Visibility: 24 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 68 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: 5:30am- 11:30am

Best stretch: Mall to high bridge

Best access point: High bridge

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Mayflies, caddis, midges, stoneflies,

Fish species: Trout

Fishing season: year round

Nearest airport: Durango La Plata County

Person Fishing in a stream

Animas River Description

The Animas River begins its 126 mile journey high in the San Juan Mountains near Silverton, Colorado. It's full name, Rio de las Animas Perdidas, The River of Lost Souls, gives an air of mystery to this incredible fishery. The Animas begins as a small creek full of feisty brook, cutthroat, and rainbow trout. It drops down through the mountain canyons picking up tributaries and snow melt along its way until ...

Techniques & Tips

We've primarily been nymphing as of late. Small baetis patterns followed by a midge have been working well. We've also had some luck with larger attractor patterns such as leeches and worms. In the afternoons there have been some fish rising to midges and baetis. Griffiths gnats and small Adam's have been productive.

7-Day Forecast

It's really Starting to warm up in Durango. The mornings are still chilly but afternoons have been warming up into the 70s. As the snowmelt begins we're starting to get a little color to the water, but it is still clear enough to be fishy. Wear layers and don't forget the sunscreen, it's looking sunny for the rest of the week.

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